The Dark Knight took the box office and the critics by storm this summer, supplying the second chapter to director Christopher Nolan's (Memento, The Prestige) franchise-redefining Batman Begins. With Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale: 3:10 to Yuma, American Psycho) masked vigilante terrorizing Gotham's underworld, the criminals find their own strange avatar to fight the Batman... a lunatic in clown makeup calling himself The Joker (Heath Ledger: Lords of Dogtown, Casanova). The public face of law and order, Gotham's new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart: Thank You For Smoking, No Reservations), could be the city's new "white knight," and could allow Batman to retire his mask and live a normal life... but no one can predict how Dent's or Wayne's futures will unfold with The Joker injecting chaos at every turn. The Dark Knight pits the three men against one another in confrontations of order and chaos, law and vigilante justice, and the way noble men can reassess their values, and features supporting performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. On DVD and Blu-Ray. Now with Rifftrax!
The animated film from a Dr. Seuss (The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch) story, Horton Hears a Who tells the story of an elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey: The Majestic, The Truman Show) who discovers a whole community of Whos living on a speck of dust. The mayor of the Who community (Steve Carell: The 40 Year Old Virgin, Get Smart) learns that Whoville will be destroyed if their speck isn't taken somewhere more stable, but the Whos don't believe in Horton any more than the Sour Kangaroo (Carol Burnett: Once Upon a Mattress, Annie) believes in a community living on a speck of dust. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
The Oscar-Winner for 2007s Best Animated Short is a new, stop-motion animated Peter & the Wolf, complete with a new orchestral recording of Prokofiev's classic music, and a unique visual telling of the music's story. Elephant Tales is a family film that follows two elephant brothers, Zef and Tutu, who need to travel the wilds of Africa to rescue their family after their entire herd are taken by "The Badness."
The documentary Man on Wire recounts highwire artist Philippe Petit's 1974 performance, crossing between the towers of the World Trade Center on a high wire, a feat that lasted roughly 45 minutes, and ended with Petit being arrested immediately after stepping off the wire.
This week's addition to Reckless' TV New Release wall is the 4th season of the science fiction show Lost, as the inhabitants of the island make contact with a boat from the outside world and prepare for rescue... but some of the survivors aren't convinced by their "rescuer"s intentions.